Orlando summertime is all about having fun. After all, when you buy a move-in ready new home in a place where the rest of the country heads for vacation, there’s never a reason to complain about being bored. Here are seven fantastic summertime destinations you’ll want to check out before summer ends and the new school year begins.
Have fun and keep on rockin’ it in the Sunshine State. Don’t forget your sunblock.
Explore the Lush Tropical Biosphere of the Central Florida Zoo
Houses for sale in Oviedo, FL are located less than ten miles from the spectacular Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Plan your adventure into the wild and explore the animal kingdom like you’ve never seen it before. From mammals to reptiles, birds and amphibians, you’ll get up close and personal with all your favorite creatures. Love creepy crawlies? Be sure to swing by the Insect Zoo to see dozens of fascinating invertebrates including the beautiful Mexican Redknee Tarantula!
Along with traditional exhibits, visitors can take advantage of the unique opportunity to meet an endangered rhino or feed a giraffe. Cool off at the splash ground. Take to the skies on the bungee bounce. Get lost in the enchanting botanical garden. This is a zoo experience like no other – located just minutes from the Oviedo real estate market.
Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
- 3755 West Seminole Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32771
- (407) 323-4450
Orange County’s Longest-Running Tourist Attraction
Cool emerald springs and the perfect river setting to launch your kayak or canoe! Wekiwa Springs State Park is just 16 miles from downtown Orlando but a world away from the hustle and bustle. Bring your hiking boots and traipse through an incredible 25 miles of trails – or mount your trusty steed for a horseback adventure. Tie up a hammock or pitch your tent for a camping excursion, you can spend the day or wile away the whole weekend.
A wonderful place to spot flora and fauna, the Wekiwa River offers snorkeling, birding and wildlife viewing. From picnic baskets to fishing poles, if you can do it in the great outdoors, you can do it at Wekiwa Springs State Park. It’s no wonder Floridians have taken at load off here since the mid-1800s.
Wekiwa Springs State Park
- 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, FL 32712
- (850) 245-2157
Let Your Imagination Run Wild
Who says theme parks are only for tourists? There’s always something new to experience at the world class Universal Orlando Resort. Along with thrilling rides and attractions, the Universal parks are a great place to dine, shop and be entertained.
As a Florida resident you’re eligible for special pricing on regular admission or an annual pass. Whether you’re in the mood for wizards or water parks, Universal is your one-stop shop for fun in Orlando.
Universal Orlando Resort
- 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819
- (407) 363-8000
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Make Learning Fun at the Orlando Science Center
From dinosaurs to planetary expeditions, the OSC brings science to life for little kids and big kids, too. Wander the exhibit hall for an immense array of electrifying, interactive experiences from our natural world to high-tech simulation technology. Explore, experiment and discover. Who knew that learning could be so much fun?
Be sure to check the calendar for special events and take in a show at the 3D theater or the Science Live stage. If you have school-aged children, look into the STEM Discovery Center’s popular summer science camps. Subjects include chemistry, engineering, natural science and more.
Orlando Science Center
- 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803
- (407) 514-2000
Swim with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove
Embark on a unique water journey unavailable anywhere else in the world. Discovery Cove offers unbelievable animal encounters and the park limits entrance to just 1,300 people so it’s never crowded and always relaxing – and the all-inclusive day resort format makes it easy to budget your fun. Lockers, sunscreen, towels and snorkel gear, it’s all included with the price of admission along with breakfast, lunch, unlimited drinks and snacks.
From swimming with dolphins to hand feeding parrots and toucans, wading with otters or floating with colorful fish, you’ll enjoy intimate experiences with all your favorite tropical friends. Book your day in paradise now!
- 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821
- (407) 513-4600
Gentleman, Start Your Engines
Make your racecar dreams come true as you zoom around the track at Daytona International Speedway with a professional driver at the wheel. Feel the turns at top speeds and imagine the thrills of burning through the checkered flag as the crowd goes wild.
Want to drive? No problem!
Choose from a thrilling array of racecar driving packages including training and two-way radio communication with your driving instructor. There’s no better way to get your heart pounding and experience the history and excitement of one of America’s premier NASCAR speedways.
NASCAR Racing Experience
- Daytona Beach, FL
- (800) PIT-SHOP
Zip through the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades
Less than an hour from Orlando, Wild Florida offers the wildest adventure available in Central Florida. Hop aboard a U.S. Coast Guard Certified airboat and rocket through the everglades on top of the water. Experience Florida’s famed marshlands and spot a wide variety of birds, alligators and wild boars. Explore 100% natural habitats and wetlands with zero development just as it was in the early days when pioneer settlers first came to these world-famous swamps.
After you’ve worked up an appetite from your swamp tour, try a unique collection of delicacies served at the Chomp House Grill and visit more than two hundred native and wild animals at the Gator Park. Enjoy animal shows and up-close animal encounters.
Wild Florida Airboat Rides
- Lake Cypress Road, Kenansville, FL 34739
- (407) 957-3135
Start Your Next Adventure
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